SPDickerman (1032) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours smooth jet black with full, milk chocolaty brown head. Smells like roasted malts and barley, that’s it, if you don’t like those smells you probably won’t like the smell of this. It has a strong roasty flavor, very little hop flavor, but very strong, roasted malt flavor. Full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and very mild mouth-carbonation, Deschutes Obsidian Stout has a malty finish and has a little lasting sweetness.
jbuskirk (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you’re going to name your beer after a gorgeous Oregonian natural wonder, your beer damn well better be a gorgeous Oregonian natural wonder. Obsidian Stout delivers. It pours the color and consistency of ink. Lovely head and lacing, too. Its aromas are roasty and somewhat chocolaty. Flavors follow the aroma with coffee and traces of (milk and dark) chocolate. When I say this Stout is bittersweet, I mean it truly treads the line between bitter and sweet. The bitter hops go nicely with the toasted malt flavors (which are redolent coffee bean acidity). On the sweet side are the malty, chocolaty notes. While the balance is splendid, it’s also the thing that keeps Obsidian from being a perfect score for me. While some love balance, I tend to prefer a Stout (even a complex one like this) to choose side rather than pick the middle. I say be rich or roasty. Still, it’s hard (and perhaps unnecessarily nit-picky) to fault the balance. Obsidian is a brilliant example of the American-style Stout.
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a two finger, creamy to rocky tan head that has excellent retention. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, pine, a little molasses and a hint o char. Flavor is roast, chocolate, toasted pumpkin bread, molasses, bittersweet baking chocolate, dark roast coffee and a hint of woody pine. Medium body, creamy to syrupy entry, light, blanketing and sharp carbonation and dry, slightly chalky finish with a light boozy burn. Good stuff overall.
ContemplateBeer (1676) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Roasty/ dark chocolate balance; light to moderate blackberry jam. Appearance: Oily black with a nice, bubbly mocha head that fades into a bubbly ring. Flavor: Not surprisingly similar to Black Butte; more dark chocolate than roast up front; roast picks up more toward the finish, which is surprisingly, but pleasantly bitter and brings back a little of the jam from the nose. So, kinda bittersweet really. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Overall: Liked this better than BB; also a great price to quality ratio.
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere.com. Pours opaque black with thin tan head. Light fudge / coffee aroma. Great bitter / roasted malt taste. I like.
Slipstream (2187) - USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First rate stout. It’s hard to believe they can pack so much flavor into a 6.4 abv brew. Lots of malty complexity in the flavor and mouth feel - marshmallow , coffee, wood smoke. The price was right too for such a fine release.
pumpmaster (1252) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Archer Liquors by Midway Airport Chicago. Very good!
markducommun (323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on nitro. Opaque, jet black. Ample creamy tan head. Deep dark expresso and dark chocolate, sausage and umami. Dark roasted bitterness, not much in the way of sugar and sweetness. Long dry finish, bigger body, creamy mouthfeel. Good.
Tsekouratos (453) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle from Saveur-biere.fr, France. Black body with a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Taste is bittersweet with chocolate and dark fruits, paired with coffee and roasted notes. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
kespecial (113) - - APR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black brown with dark tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, overall chocolate covered malt balls. It’s well hopped, so the chocolate combines with the bitterness for coffee and caramel in the mouth. Not quite the heights of black butte, but damn good.
skk325i (2) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great roasty flavour, nice lacing. Overall a fantastice medium bodied stout with mild carbonation. Beautiful rich taste with hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild sweetness and a nice bitter note to it.